The carnivorous plant Drosera Slackii, known as the sundew, requires a few specific conditions to thrive. Over 100 species of Drosera thrive around the world. In the United States, 15 species are found growing native in the Southeastern states.
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The Drosera grows best in full or filtered sunlight. Plant it in a growing medium that consists of peat moss and perlite. Keep the medium constantly moist but not waterlogged. Place a layer of sphagnum moss around the base of the plant on top of the potting medium to help keep it moist.
The sundew requires humidity, so it grows best in a terrarium, unless you live in the tropical Southeastern states. Mist the plant daily. Water it once per week using only rain or distilled water. Consider feeding the sundew three or four small flies per week. Tiny gnats or fruit flies work well for feeding the plant.
Maintain a room temperature of 55 to 80F so the plant grows well. During the winter months, the plant will try to enter its natural dormancy, which is not a true dormancy but a simple slow down, so maintain a temperature of 38 to 45F. The plant will often show dramatic dieback in the winter months, but will return with vigour when spring arrives.
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